>> Experts in the field of muscle and joint injuries have begun to question the wisdom of using handheld gadgets, as injuries related to those gadgets soar. The San Francisco Chronicle has spoken to experts in the field who are concerned each time a new type of gadget is released and what that might mean for their patients. They have found that people tend to hold handheld devices like cell phones and MP3 players, lower than laptops. This leads to back and neck problems. People who send hundreds of texts each day are developing pain in their thumbs and wrists and the keyboards on smart phones are intensifying this problem. The paper recommends limiting texting, resting often, moving around every hour, looking away from screens and supporting the elbows when using any device.
>> Research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has found that when they looked at States which have a ban on cell phones and texting while driving, they found no discernible difference in accident rates compared to before the ban. Looking at statistics from Connecticut, California and the District Of Columbia they also found that areas which had the ban had similar numbers of accidents to areas which were nearby which did not have the ban. It has been suggested that the figures show that using a hands free device poses the same risks as using a handheld and does not fly in the face of reports that gadget use in general has caused a four fold increase in the likelihood of an accident.
>> Experts have been questioning the effectiveness of the latest gadget aimed at teens. The handheld heat and light emitting devices are designed to zap acne and can come in at a hefty price tag of anywhere from $180 to $275. The top three products are the Tanda Skincare System, the Claro and the No! No! Skin which have been available since last year. Dan Kern the founder of Acne.org is concerned that these products may be aimed at desperate people. Studies have shown a 69% reduction in acne lesions after 8 weeks of use and experts believe they will be most useful when used with other treatments.
>> A company called Ardica has responded to the problem faced by soldiers who have to carry up to thirty pounds of batteries for their gadgets around with them each day. They have developed a jacket which will provide warmth as well as charge up devices with the use of a few batteries inside a sleeve in the back. A toggle activates the heat pack which will provide three different levels of heating using a heat conducting yarn. The batteries also power a USB cable which can power any gadget when used in conjunction with an adapter. The batteries offer 8 hours of heat and it can charge some devices for up to 20 hours.
>> A new report from the Pew Internet and American Life has shown that four fifths of young people aged 18-29 use a wireless internet in conjunction with their laptops, netbooks, cell phones, games consoles and e-readers. They have found that the laptop has replaced the desk top as the computer of choice. Just 63% of those aged 30-49 used wireless connections and only 34% of those aged over 50. They also discovered that young people tend to use sites like Facebook rather than blogging and are more likely to use these sites than people over the age of 30. People aged between 18 and 29 own an average of four gadgets while those aged between 30 and 64 have just three. Those over 65 own just 1.5 gadgets.
>> The Devour handset is due to be introduced by Verizon next month. The Android based smartphone features a touch sensitive optical directional pad, a 3.1 inch screen, GPS support with device location and remote wipe capability an 8GB micro SDHC card and bluetooth. The camera is 3 mega pixels. The price is yet to be confirmed.
>> The Super Bowl held in Miami was the most technological Super Bowl yet after the organisers joined together with Hunter's US Fleet Tracking. Hunter used real time GPS tracking to to keep a close eye on the location of the players, coaches and half time performers. CBS Sports has also been commenting on the gadgets they used during their coverage. They were able to show any questionable fumbles from multiple angles to help out the armchair coaches at home. AT&T also increased their capacity to cope with the calls and texts which will come from the stadium and installed three new cell towers in the area. A number of new apps were introduced to smartphone users to help them follow the game and keep up with the score. Interestingly a study by Knowteria prior to the game found that 41% of Super Bowl watchers planned on watching the half time ads again online and 48% were likely to discuss them on a social networking site. †
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